A moka pot is a stove-top coffee brewer that produces an espresso style coffee. An engineer named Alfonse Bialetti invented the first moka pot in 1933. The original moka pot design lives on today in the Moka Express made by Bialetti Industries. The iconic brewer is a staple in many households for brewing espresso style coffee.
What is a Moka Pot?
Moka Pot is the generic name given to any stove-top espresso style coffee brewer. Bialetti Industries created the original moka pot and set the standard for the design. The Bialetti Moka Express is very iconic with it’s mustachioed man logo. Its displayed in design museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
How Does a Moka Pot Work?
How to Use a Moka Pot
Which Moka Pot Is Best For Me?
There’s a lot of choices, sizes and styles of moka pots, just waiting for you to try them. Check out the options below to see what suits you best.
Bialetti Moka Express
You can’t talk about moka pots without talking about the Bialetti. Invented in 1933 by Alfonse Bialetti, this product has remained unchanged to this day. One difference between the original Bialetti Moka Pot and Bialetti Moka Express of today is the company’s mascot. He is called the “l’omino con i baffi” in Italian, or “the mustachioed little man” in English.
Bialetti Moka Mini-Express
The Bialetti Moka Mini-Express moka pot is amazing for people who share espresso. (If those people truly exist?) This small stove-top espresso maker makes two perfectly formed espresso shots. It even comes with these sweet designer cups!
Bialetti Moka Induction
Want to enjoy your fresh made Italian espresso, but have an induction stove-top? The classic Moka Express won’t work on induction stoves because it’s made of aluminum. But no fear, you’re still able to make a great cup. Try the Bialetti Moka Induction pot designed for induction stove tops and you!
The Bialetti Venus is a new take on the classic design of the Bialetti Moka Express. Enjoy your espresso-style coffee from this Bialetti Venus moka pot with its updated look. But wait, there’s a special bonus here, too! This moka pot is also induction stove friendly, as indicated by the icon at the bottom of the box.
Bialetti Moka Crem
If you are looking for a moka pot with a thick, rich crema, look no further than the Bialetti Moka Crem. The crema on an espresso is the layer of foam created by the pressure and the coffee’s oils. A true shot of espresso will have a healthy layer of crema. This moka pot delivers quality crema on a great tasting espresso styled shot.
Bellman Espresso Maker CX-25P
The Bellman Espresso Maker CX-25P is a small brewer but packs a BIG punch. It works exactly like any other moka pot, but with two big differences. The Bellman has a built-in milk steaming wand for steaming your milk. It also has a built in pressure gauge so you can see how much pressure has built up. This brewer uses the built up steam and pressure used in the brewing process also to steam and texture milk.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my moka pot sputtering?
Towards the end of brewing your moka pot will start to sputter and gurgle. This is because steam bubbles are traveling up with your water. It is an sign that the boiler is nearly empty. To avoid over extraction you should remove your moka pot from the heat immediately.